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In this article, I'm expanding outside of the vendor-provided courses. As you might imagine, the vendor-provided courses all have a bit of their own marketing spin in them. Don't get me wrong. They're excellent courses. But this time, we're moving to courses made by third parties and hosted on Udemy.
I'm doing two Udemy articles. This one will focus more on generative AI graphics, although some courses are a mix of text and graphics. The next one will be all about text-based generative AI.
What is Udemy?
Udemy is an online learning platform that hosts courses created by individual trainers. Trainers don't have to jump through too many hoops to get on the platform, but they are subject to student ratings. Of course, effective trainers will attract more students and higher ratings.
Udemy sells courses individually, a la carte. It also sells a $20/month plan, where you can consume as many courses as you want during the months you pay. Think of this as an educational Netflix plan.
So what's the free trick?
As mentioned in the title of this article, you can take these AI classes for free. The "trick" is that Udemy offers a 30-day free trial period, after which you will be charged. But most of the courses are fairly short.
One I checked out was a total of six hours over a bunch of modules. The biggest I've seen is all of 15 hours of content. If you really want to do some learning about AI and you want to do it for free, anyone who's serious should be able to churn through a bunch of these classes within a month's time.
If you decide to stay on for a Udemy membership after your trial period is over, $20/month isn't all that bad a fee to pay for the number of courses Udemy offers, including those well beyond AI.
5 AI image courses to check out on Udemy
Here are five courses you're sure to benefit from taking.
How to use ChatGPT and Generative AI to help create content 4.5 stars (41,898 ratings) - 77,098 students Generate high-quality content, automate tasks, and unleash creativity by learning to use cutting-edge language models such as ChatGPT, DALL-E, and Midjourney to create a wide range of written content, including blog articles and code.
ChatGPT, Midjourney, DALL-E 3 & APIs - The Complete Guide 4.6 stars (7,683 ratings) - 47,171 students This is an AI course that covers it all. Learn the basics of ChatGPT-powered copywriting, blog post and article generation, email draft generation, text summaries, translations and more.